My home / before and after

iPhone photo taken 1 month after I moved in. I had the basics and nothing more.

The following week I separated my work & living space. My bench was a lot less expensive than a chair and takes up less space. I can also push it aside when I get my Christmas tree and unlike a chair, it seats two and doubles as a foot rest when watching a movie. I also bring it closer to the sofa when I have company. I would love to move to a larger apartment and buy an English roll arm chair.
My current bedroom dresser used to function as a TV stand. And yes, I kept clothes in there.
Gallery wall in progress.
11 months later, I finally have a TV stand [DVDs + Camera equipment in one drawer and sweats/pajamas in the other], purchased a pouf on eBay for just over $100 and some new throw pillows from etsy.

Sad bedroom. I sold this dresser, brought the white dresser in to the bedroom and bought a TV console.
Better, but not great.
And you don’t want to get me started on my office.
Poor Buddy hated living in an unfinished home.

This is where I spend my days. And nights. And some weekends.

“after” photos via Stoffer Photography for Rue Magazine

After four apartment posts, I am done– for not. I still need to reveal my entry! 
My complete home tour
  • Amanda

    The transformation is so wonderful. I love all the fun accessories you've purchased, the poof and throw pillows.

  • RosaLovesDC

    You've done a wonderful job with your apartment. So cute.

  • Jackie {York Avenue}

    I'm happy to keep seeing the home tour posts! It's so fun to see the evolution of the space. It's really amazing how the accessories and pillows and such just make it. And all the white looks so good. In my apartment, I have white walls and I just feel like it looks unfinished, whereas the white scheme in your apartment looks so clean and fresh to me. White isn't easy, in my opinion, but I'm really inspired by the way you utilized it!

  • christin

    I'm keeping my bedroom white because of you. Just so you know. And I, like Buddy, hate living in an unfurnished home, aka the one that I live in. I feel better knowing you didn't have it looking all fly right when you moved in.

  • Stephanie Leann

    It's so great seeing these before pictures and the little transformations that made a huge difference! Sometimes I want to move to a new place just to have a fresh perspective/excuse to start over! Love your place Danielle!

  • Ashley {styleash}

    I love seeing the before & after. It gives me hope that I can turn my place into something great- after all a home is a constant work in progress.

  • Taylor

    Slow and steady is DEF the way to do it!!!! I learned that the hard way – I wouldn't keep a single piece the Hubs and I bought right when we moved in together – but sadly we are waiting til we move to a new place before doing anything! šŸ™

  • Viviana

    Your home is perfection! It always takes time to complete, but the finished product is just so wonderful!

  • Pawleys Island Posh

    seriously love your home! cannot wait for entry reveal!

  • Hespyhesp

    It looks so clean and fresh. Very beautiful!

  • Sara

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. I love how you transformed your space into something so fabulous. Very inspiring!
    -Sara šŸ™‚

  • Whit

    Wow! You did an amazing job! I'm moving in the next few months, so I'm preparing for decorating a new apartment! Great inspiration! Love all the white.


  • Nicole

    For some reason before and afters never get old. You have captured the feeling of your apartment so well…the gray and white is absolutely perfect. Love.

  • One Stylish Day at a Time

    Loved seeing that transition! I think it is important for people to realize how long it takes to create a home. Also, those blue and white Etsy pillows are fabulous. Hopefully those are still in rotation!

  • Alyson

    Wow, love your home transformation! I'm so in love with so much at West Elm like you are, yet we dont' have one here so it makes me so nervous to order. Might bite the bullet!

  • sampenner

    Obsessed in the best way possible. Seeing how this is decorated is fab!



  • Lindsey

    What a fun post. It's always so interesting to see the decor progress in a home. I'm so impressed you got pictures after each step…I'm the worst at remembering to take "before" pictures.

  • Lauren

    It's so nice to see the progression! Your home is beautiful.

  • Jennifer Winchester

    So inspired by your lovely home.

  • Alexa

    Love love what you did! It just is such a transformation.

  • Type-A(shley)

    Love the crispness of your place. The pops of color are subtle, but perfect! I can't get enough of your home. Keep the posts coming:) I was so excited to see you featured in Rue.

  • Emily

    I absolutely love the sketches/watercolors in your living room! Where did you get them!!! I've been on the hunt for something similar for SO LONG. You're place is amazing, and I wish mine could look as fabulous!

  • Champagne Cocktails, Cashmere Dreams

    What a transformation!! You did an amazing job! I love the gray pattern throw pillows in the living room and the splash of pink in the bedroom! Your gallery is wonderful as well! (P.S. I have the same comforter cover-love it-from West Elm and it tears at the puckering every time I make my bed-not sure if you have the same problem but I went in to West Elm and they told me that it is a problem with these covers and they will replace it every time it rips-indefinitely-the replacement one I got doesn't seem to rip though)!

  • Drew {Coral Cafe}

    i just can't get over your desk arrangement!! Styled so perfectly!!

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I love how you turned the process into a story, it really got me into it haha. Love your apartment Danielle, I guess you might be sick of hearing it!

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I love how you turned the process into a story, it really got me into it haha. Love your apartment Danielle, I guess you might be sick of hearing it!

  • Alyssa {Second Floor Living}

    So great to see how far it's come, especially since my apartment is still a total work in progress!

  • Becca – (extra)ordinary wonders

    So fun to see the transformation! I'm in the process of getting our apartment in shape and this is very inspirational!

  • Lindsay

    It's nice to know it didn't happen over night! What a transformation. I've lived in my place for 5 months and I feel like I still have so much to do!

  • Jess

    I love your coffee table! It's the cutest!

  • Rebekah

    I love your place!!! I love that you showed the before pics too, it helps to have a vision as inspiration and that it wasn't just overnight that you bought just and it was just done! We just bought a place in bucktown and its hard not to want to have done right away, but it helps to know from someone else that it takes time!
    ps. I have the big version of your coffee table! perfect!

    love your blog!

  • Anna (A Newfound Treasure)

    So beautiful! It's so encouraging to see your home evolve over time. It's a process! LOVE!


  • lillies & lattes

    your style is amazing. your home feels cozy & chic, traditional & modern! i was wondering if you rent or own. as a 27-everygirl, I still rent, and i was wondering your opinion – how do I really make my place feel like home, even though I know that I will ultimately move?

    ps. can february hurry up? i wanna meet The EveryGirl!

  • City Girl Chicago

    Loved watching this transformation ~ and I can definitely relate to the time consuming process that it is!

  • Lexi

    I absolutely love all of the white in your home – I'm such a fan of clean and neutral pallets!
    ā™” Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  • Sarah O’Brien

    your place is gorgeous, exactly what i am going for. my big project re-doing a few spaces in my place! I might be coming to you for some tip!

  • Jess McCormick

    I don't think I told you that I showed Chris your Rue pics. One of his comments: "Wow, awesome bar stools!" šŸ™‚ Love your home.

  • Lauren

    Love the transformation! The end result is obviously amazing šŸ™‚

  • Sara Mueller

    love your transformation! do you the name of your ebay seller for the pouf? I am on the hunt for one.

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